I’m bringing this one up because the Birmingham Mail has raised it yet again and it’s frankly getting on my three-penny bits.
I don’t do “hype”. At all.
But yet again, we’re being told how the planned developments are “special”, “astounding”, “breath-taking”, “absolutely incredible” and even “left me speechless” and “blown away”.
We all know the North stand needs replacing, as it’s a totally typical 70’s bland concrete construction.
But what on earth could you do to a stand, to really make it leave you speechless?
A hotel stuck on the end, with views straight onto the pitch? It’s been done, as much as I’d love it.
And then I’m struggling to think of anything new or different.
A Stand is a stand and it seems to me the much more important things are the view, the size of the seats, the leg-room and the grub/drinks served up.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the ambition, but there isn’t a hope in hell that any development will happen if we don’t get promoted.
But if it’s that good, why don’t the club just say what this supposedly different approach is?
That said, I don’t think it’s just about the North Stand, which I’d like to see re-named to something more meaningful, while we’re at it. How about the Witton end, or is that too traditional?
I don’t see why personally; as the Holte end will never be re-named, as much as Sir Thomas Holte has been dead for donkey’s years.
While we’re at it, why don’t we re-name the Witton lane stand too? The (Ron) Saunders stand sounds much more appropriate to me. But there’s apparently some un-written clause where the present name will be retained until a certain person’s demise.
I can wait for that one, I suppose.
So, if it’s not just about the North stand, let’s remember that Xia’s company is known for landscaping whole areas in China.
How China’s expectations compare to ours is a subject I know nothing about, but you’d hope the club would improve things anyway.
But we’ve heard it all before.
A certain Chairman/owner acquired adjacent land (fair play, at just the right time) with similar ideas, but they came to nothing.
So unless the club come out with something much more solid, I’d suggest this is just pure hype.
Hey, it’s not much of a story, or even that much to talk about, but what do you expect when we’re in the middle of a totally meaningless, money-grabbing, international break stuck right in the business end of the proper footy season?
And the FA are supposed to support the fans?